Martha E Freeman

Marty Freeman

Martha E Freeman

Tell us a bit about yourself... this information will appear on your page. In retirement, Marty and John Freeman are enjoying traveling. We have several destinations on our "list"

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas May 24th 2013

Today we conclude our program, Thanks to all of our instructors, and head for Las Vegas airport. I can feel that I've become attached to our coach and feel somewhat sad to leave it. It was our "home" in many ways. We were comfortable, could leave our stuff inside the coach when out excursioning. Geri always had the coach in the right place, and we didn't have to drive! We traveled 2830 miles!... read more
Marcia Burns
David Lukas at Yosemite
Ahwahnee Guide

We are impressed with the scenery in Zion National Park. Weeping rock really appears to weep due to water migrating through sandstone and shale until seeping out on the surface. The Temple of Sinawava was named for the Coyote-spirit of the Paiute Indians and hosts small wildlife such as birds, frogs, gophers,and lizards. We hiked along the Virgin River to the spectacular Zion Narrows gorge viewing towering vertical rock sides of the canyon. The Narrows were carved by the river in ancient times and are today characterized by soaring walls, sandstone grottos, natural springs, and hanging gardens. This hike gave us the feeling of being inside a "slot canyon".... read more
Zion shuttle bus
Zion Park Inn
Zee's T shirt

North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon May 21st 2013

Janice Hayden , our resident geologist, educates us about Bryce Canyon. What is Bryce Canyon?? A cave without a ceiling? A forest of stone? Even 'Canyon' is misleading since Bryce is carved by freeze-thaw cycles, not a river.... read more
Bryce Canyon
Ruby's Inn
View from Rainbow Point

North America » United States » Arizona » Grand Canyon May 20th 2013

Departing the Grand Canyon we see and visit Desert View Watchtower, Marble Canyon, Navajo Steel Arch Bridge over Colorado River, Vermillion Cliffs , and we begin to learn about Bryce Canyon National Park.... read more
Tree on the SW rim
Trees on the rim
Desert View Watchtower

Today we arrived at the Grand Canyon and checked in at the South Rim Lodge. After dinner we go out to Mather point and get the first look at the Grand Canyon. Grand it is!!... read more
Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus
First View of Grand Canyon
View from Mather point

Today we met our guide Mark Wheeler and we tour Joshua Tree National Park. Mark explained how the large boulders piled around the Joshua Trees were formed - geogolically. We had a sandwich lunch in whatever shade we could find this was the hottest day so far.... read more
Joshua Tree National Park
piles of round rocks
large round rocks

The drive from Kings Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park is long so we spent an overnight in Victorville... read more
Victorville overnight

Today we left Yosemite and drove to Bear Mountain Pizza to pick up our "step-on" Peter Hickey and have lunch, then on to Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park. Peter led us through the sequoia trees to see the General Sherman Tree.... read more
making pizza for us
kings Canyon National Park
General Sherman Tree

Geri drove our coach to Mariposa just outside Yosemite National Park. We checked into the Yosemite Lodge and then met our guide David Lukas. Our first view from the view point, of the Yosemite Valley was impressive. El Captain, Yosemite Falls , Half Dome, they were all there in immense grandeur. Breath taking!!... read more
Yosemite Shuttle Bus
Yosemite Valley view point
Yosemite Valley

Today, John and I flew to SFO and joined our Road Scholar/Elderhosgtel coach tour, National Parks of the West at the Doubletree Inn in Burlingame CA. We met our tour leader, Marcia Burns, and Geri Bentley,our coach driver. We have 24 people in our group which gives us extra room in the coach. Introductions were made, we had dinner, and went to bed for an early start in the morning. Yes it's now July 13, 14, 2013 and I'm entering our recent trip to National Parks of the West now. It took me this long to get ready to publish the Travelblog. We did enjoy this trip and had a change of scene and relaxed.... read more

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